Cycle Toronto is moving ahead with their campaign for protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide Streets. This would open up a safe cycling route into and out of the city centre from the west.
From the Cycle Toronto website:
Protected bike lanes can help to reduce the stress and make cycling safer for people biking downtown, especially for novice cyclists. Richmond and Adelaide Streets are prime candidates. Richmond Street and Adelaide Street are high volume roads with average speeds above 40km/h.
The Environmental Assessment is underway. We anticipate its conclusion by December 2013. City staff will also explore ways to have the protected bike lanes connect to existing bikeways west of Bathurst Street and east of Sherbourne Street.
Meetings take place on Monday, November 18, and Tuesday, November 19, 2013 with the following schedule
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Materials on display
3 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Project team on site to answer questions
Monday, 6 p.m. – Spoken presentation of the materials
Metro Hall, Rotunda
55 John Street
Toronto ON M5V 3C6
Bike-Lanes-on-Bloor is starting to resemble Subways-to-Scarborough. Maybe they’ll happen, maybe they won’t. But congratulations to Cycle Toronto for pushing to revive the initiative. As they say on their website, it’s good for people, good for business, good for Toronto. You can sign the petition here.
There’s been a lot of talk in the Toronto cycling community about the city’s plans for separated bidirectional bike lanes on Harbord Street. The idea is to build a single, protected lane for cyclists travelling both east and west, extending all the way from Ossington to Queen’s Park. This would create at least one place in our city that looks like some of the more developed cycling lanes in the world’s more progressive and bike friendly cities, such as New York
In the August version of Ring and Post, Cycle Toronto comes out strongly in favour of the proposal. They give a cross-section of the road configuration planned between Ossington and Spadina:
Cycle Toronto have even announced a Love-In at the Harbord Bakery (this being the business which, following an article in The Star, has come to be seen as the centre of resistance to the proposal).
The blogs are buzzing with discussions about the proposal. I’m not going to go into any detail here, since you can read the comprehensive run-down on ibiketo.ca and dandyhorse. As I see it, the more funding the city puts into projects like this, the better. Once drivers and cyclists begin to see how they can share our roads, we will find increasing support for safe roads. It may be true that, for the seasoned rider, unidirectional lanes on the north and south sides are better. But bike lanes protected by a physical barrier will get more people cycling, which means fewer cars on the roads. And it’s a small step toward realizing more comprehensive and progressive visions of what cycling in the city can be, such as, for example, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.